For the past 150 years, The Shire Hall has stood proudly at the centre of Howden’s social and commercial life.
The Grade 2 listed building ,with its massive dutch gable roof , was opened in 1873 as a covered market, and in the ensuing years it has undergone many incarnations, serving time as a theatre, roller-skating rink, concert hall and cinema.
The hall today is at the heart of the town, hosting many events such as classes, craft markets, a regular cafe, weddings, christenings and parties, music gigs, dance shows, theatre and pantomime and cinema nights.
The Shire Hall trust have worked tirelessly to maintain the fabric of the building over the past decades.
Extensive work has been undertaken on the building walls, the roof, the heating system and low energy stage lighting - to deliver a venue that is safe, warm and fit for purpose as a modern multi-functional space inside a listed building of architectural and historic importance.
Having ensured the fabric of the building is secured, we now want to move onto transform the frontage of the Hall, creating a brand new modern facade that is contemporary in design whist respectful of the buildings heritage.
The scheme is much more than a simple facelift, The existing archways will be opened up with double glazed doors to fill the foyer with daylight, while retaining expensive heat in the building and improving security.
Access will be improved for all users with a ramped footpath, with handrails, on either side of the entrance and the addition of a low pediment wall with seating and planters will make the building feel warm and welcoming to all.
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